Top Ten Most Challenged Books for 2017

Listed below are the top ten most challenged books for 2017

All abstracts are from the ALA web site.

Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

 Thirteen Reasons Why written by Jay Asher

 "Originally published in 2007, this New York Times bestseller has resurfaced as a controversial book after Netflix aired a TV series by the same name. This YA novel was challenged and banned in multiple school districts because it discusses suicide."

 This book is available as an eBook via Alaska's Digital Library.

 

 

 

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie

 The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

 "Consistently challenged since its publication in 2007 for acknowledging issues such as poverty, alcoholism, and sexuality, this National Book Award winner was challenged in school curriculums because of profanity and situations that were deemed sexually explicit."

 This book is available as an eBook via Alaska’s Digital Library.

 It's also available at Rasmuson Library on level 6. The call number is PS3551.L35774 A27 2007

 

 

 

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier Drama, written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

 "This Stonewall Honor Award-winning, 2012 graphic novel from an acclaimed cartoonist was challenged and banned in school libraries because it includes LGBT characters and was considered “confusing.”"

 This book is available as an eBook via Alaska’s Digital Library.

 

 

 

The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

  The Kite Runner written by Khaled Hosseini

  "This critically acclaimed, multigenerational novel was challenged and banned because it includes sexual violence and was thought to “lead to terrorism” and “promote Islam.”

 This book is available as an eBook via Alaska's Digital Library.

 It's also available at Rasmuson Library on level 6. The call number is PS3608.O832 K58 2013

 

 

 

George written by Alex Gino

  George written by Alex Gino

  "Written for elementary-age children, this Lambda Literary Award winner was challenged and banned because it includes a transgender child."

  This book is available as an audio book via Alaska's Digital Library.

 

 

 

Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

  Sex is a Funny Word written by Cory Silverberg and illustrated by Fiona Smyth

  "This 2015 informational children’s book written by a certified sex educator was challenged because it addresses sex education and is believed to lead children to “want to have sex or ask questions about sex.”"

 This book is available via Interlibrary Loan.

 

 

 

To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

  To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee

  This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, considered an American classic, was challenged and banned because of violence and its use of the N-word.

 This book is available as an eBook via Alaska's Digital Library.

  It's also available at Rasmuson Library on level 6. The call number is PS3562.E353 T6 1993

 

 

 

The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

 The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas

 "Despite winning multiple awards and being the most searched-for book on Goodreads during its debut year, this YA novel was challenged and banned in school libraries and curriculums because it was considered “pervasively vulgar” and because of drug use, profanity, and offensive language."

This book is available as an eBook via Alaska's Digital Library.

 

 

 

And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

  And Tango Makes Three written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson and illustrated by Henry Cole

  "Returning after a brief hiatus from the Top Ten Most Challenged list, this ALA Notable Children’s Book, published in 2005, was challenged and labeled because it features a same-sex relationship."

  This book is available as an audio book via Alaska's Digital Library.  

  It's also available at Rasmuson Library in the Juvenile Literature section. The call number is PZ10.3.R414 Tan 2005.

 

 

 

I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

  I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas

  This autobiographical picture book co-written by the 13-year-old protagonist was challenged because it addresses gender identity.

  This book is available by Interlibrary Loan.

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